Hi everyone, I hope you are having a nice spring, summer is officially around the corner here in the States and what better way to begin your summer than by making a journal to record your garden plants or maybe some hiking trails you discovered? I began with my Arnold Grummer Paper Mill Kit to make my paper with the left over napkin I had when I created my Wabi Sabi Bowl back in March. The directions to making your own paper can be found here.
First I liberally applied some Helmar Decoupage & Craft Paste to the outside cover of my journal and lay my paper on top. I made to sure to coat the binding of the journal since that is where the paper will get the most stress from opening and closing it.
The sheet of paper was a little too long so I creased the edge where it overlapped by folding it and then tearing along that creased line. Handmade paper tears very easily giving you a wonderful natural deckled edge.
Next I took a leaf that I made from Terri Sproul's Leaf stamp and cut it out from a scrap piece of handmade paper. The one aspect of handmade paper that I love is how absorbent they are. I used 3 colors of Faber Castell Gelatos to rub into the leaf. I love how the creamy based pigment sticks just soak into the paper and blend together using my finger, without adding any extra water. I then coated the leaf with Earth Safe Finishes No VOC varnish.
To complete the journal I added some Wild Grapevine twigs around the edges and the sentiment. I love how the vines really play up the look of the handmade paper giving this journal a rustic feel.
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